Chris Thachuk

Assistant Professor

University of Washington


I am an Assistant Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. My research focuses on applying principles from computer science and engineering to create programmable matter at the nanoscale with bio-molecules such as DNA. Prior to UW, I was a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech, working with Erik Winfree, a postdoc at Oxford Computer Science with Marta Kwiatkowska and a James Martin Fellow at the Institute for the Future of Computing, Oxford. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UBC in 2013, advised by Anne Condon. Much of my computations now happen in a test tube.


  • DNA computing & molecular programming
  • Synthetic biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Algorithm & data structure design
  • Scientific software development


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2013

    University of British Columbia

  • MSc in Computer Science & Bioinformatics, 2007

    Simon Fraser University & CIHR/MSFHR Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research

  • BCS in Computer Science, 2005

    University of Windsor

Academic Positions


Assistant Professor

University of Washington

Aug 2020 – Present Seattle, Washington, USA

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

California Institute of Technology

Feb 2014 – Jul 2020 Pasadena, California, USA

Postdoctoral Research Assistant & James Martin Fellow

University Oxford

Oct 2012 – Jan 2014 Oxford, UK


  • Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Box 352355, Seattle, WA 98195-2355
  • Locate the Bill & Melinda Gates Center. My office is CSE2 336.